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22 December 2005 @ 03:23 pm
o86: choices. [She Starts In a New Direction]  
Her grandmother directs the choir and that’s why Calliope has a key to the church, so she can break in and use the piano; that’s where the man from the university finds her, alone in an empty church playing a makeshift concerto that’s half Schubert and half her own invention. She is scared to death to hear the man clapping at the end of her piece; she gets up off of the piano stool and flees instinctively into the darkness at the back of the chapel.

When she is brave enough to come out, she finds the man from the university still there, waiting patiently, smiling softly. He tells her about the university and it makes her heart ache because for a moment she actually believes that it’s all possible; she pictures herself wandering through a maze of buildings and hearing the roar or the ocean in the distance and learning how to write music for real and it’s glorious until she opens her eyes and comes to her senses. She reaches out and puts her hand on the university man’s arm to stop his litany mid-sentence and her voice is soft stammering apologetic when she explains that it’s lovely but impossible because she and her Gran simply don’t have enough money to send her off to university just to learn to write music.

But the university man explains about scholarships and the auditions. He gives her a folder full of information, pages and pages of dates and dollar signs, a heavy booklet about all the classes one could take and glossy photographs of young people laughing and sitting on brilliant green lawns clutching textbooks to their chests. It’s the most beautiful thing she’s ever seen and she reads it over and over in the empty church in the shifting glow of stained-glass light.
eiviiaru on December 23rd, 2005 07:06 am (UTC)
I like! Calliope is such a sweet thing; I often feel sorry for her, in a strange way, but I also identify with her a lot. <3
elskegaderian on December 27th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you liked it. :D
tsuki_no_bara on December 28th, 2005 03:55 am (UTC)
i really like this. (is that the geologist who gives her all that information?) it's lovely and hopeful. ^_^
elskegaderian on January 7th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! :D
It's not the geologist, actually, just some other university man from the music programme. She doesn't meet the geologist until later.